Presentation on theme: "Example of propaganda: “The Poisonous Mushroom” (was a popular children’s story in Germany) (Excerpt): "Tell me, mother, do all non-Jews know that the."— Presentation transcript:
Example of propaganda: “The Poisonous Mushroom” (was a popular children’s story in Germany) (Excerpt): "Tell me, mother, do all non-Jews know that the Jew is as dangerous as a poisonous mushroom?" (Mother shakes her head.) "Unfortunately not, my child. There are millions of non-Jews who do not yet know the Jews. So we have to enlighten people and warn them against the Jews... They must learn that the Jew is the most dangerous poison-mushroom in existence. Just as poisonous mushrooms spring up everywhere, so the Jew is found in every country in the world. Just as poisonous mushrooms often lead to the most dreadful calamity, so the Jew is the cause of misery and distress, illness and death."
The author then concludes this story by emphasizing the moral: "The following tales tell the truth about the Jewish poison-mushroom. They show the many shapes the Jew assumes. They show the depravity and baseness of the Jewish race. They show the Jew for what he really is: The Devil in human form.”
How Nuremburg Laws in Germany compared to Jim Crow laws in the United States at the same time: Both prohibited interracial marriage Both relied on classifying race Both banned the targeted group from equal education and job opportunities Both banned the targets from public transportation and accommodations (like theaters, restaurants, hotels, libraries, hospitals) Both denied the targets equal rights under law Both denied possession of property that was rightfully earned
Police enforced both
Discrimination, economic oppression, segregation/isolation, and violence were interlocking systems
The targeted groups were prevented from voting, organizing, earning money or defending themselves … all things that would have empowered them to fight back!